How can I stop being a pothead?
May 17, 2006 5:28 AM Subscribe
How can I successfully transition out of being a pothead?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (34 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Due to a series of health problems, I've realized that I need to stop smoking weed for an extended period of time, possibly permanently. Health issues aside, I'm pretty tired of being a lazy, unmotivated, isolated stoner. I realize that smoking weed doesn't necessarily make you lazy, but I've been smoking for four years and have found that the longer I smoke, the more unmotivated (and anxious) I become. Ideally tapering off my usage would be best (I currently smoke 2-3x daily), but due to the health issues I pretty much need to go cold turkey.
What can I do to help myself through this transition? I've heard that quitting can cause depression, and I'm already kind of depressed. I've discussed this with a therapist, but they didn't have much to offer other than saying that quitting would ultimately improve my mood. Any and all resources on what I can do to take care of my body and mind would be appreciated, as well as ideas of how to fill up my free time. Endless TV and video games have left me rather daunted (stunted?) in exploring my own interests.
Finally, how can I go through this process without losing my connection with my friends? Though they are understanding and supportive of my reasons behind quitting, I know that a nonsmoker hanging out with a bunch of smokers is generally perceived as kinda weird.
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